take top 2012 Rondo Award honors
Elvira is voted Favorite Horror Host; Tom Stockman is Monster Kid of the Year;
Mike Hill wins first 'Henry Alvarez Award'
By David Colton
ARLINGTON, VA. – Tributes to Vincent Price, a restored 1932 horror classic and a battle of resurgent monster magazines marked the 10th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, announced April 2 after a record online vote by fans and genre professionals.
The 2012 Rondo Awards, named after Rondo Hatton, an obscure B-movie villain of the 1940s, celebrate the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation. This year's e-mail vote, conducted by the Classic Horror Film Board, a 17-year old online community, drew more than 3,100 ballots from across the USA and around the world.
Among winners cited for work released in 2011:
-- Criterion’s DVD and Blu-Ray release of Island of Lost Souls, a sometimes gruesome pre-code Hollywood thriller starring Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi, was named Best Classic DVD and Best Restoration.
-- The new biography, Boris Karloff: More than a Monster, by Stephen Jacobs, was voted Book of the Year.
-- The late horror icon Vincent Price’s 100th birthday figured in several awards: A celebration of Price’s career called Vincentennial in the actor’s hometown of St. Louis was named Best Fan Event. And the organizer of the festival, Tom Stockman, was voted Monster Kid of the Year, the Rondo program’s highest honor.
-- The growing competition among modern horror and monster magazines was reflected in the votes.
The Canada-based Rue Morgue, a modern magazine of horror journalism, was named Best Magazine for the fourth straight year, as well as winning for Best Article and Best Audio Program. Competitor Horror Hound won for Best Cover (a portrait of Price by Daniel Horne), and Best Convention for its annual Horror Hound Weekend gathering in Indianapolis. And Fangoria, another blood-rich perennial, took home a Rondo for “Fangoria 300,’’ an anniversary issue listing the 300 most important horror films of all time.
Among fan-based magazines, Monsters from the Vault won for a second year, narrowly topping Little Shoppe of Horrors.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was named Best Movie, AMC’s adaptation of The Walking Dead was a big winner in the TV and comic book categories and a complete Blu-Ray set of The Twilight Zone’s five seasons was voted Best DVD Collection.
Among independent films: Chillerama, a spoof of splatter films by four directors, The Giant Rubber Monster Movie, a send-up of Toho’s Godzilla and Ultraman films, and Midnight Madness, a history of horror and science fiction films, all won Rondos. So did the late William Castle for his commentary on Spine Tingler, a documentary on his career, and Track of the Creeper, The Story of Rondo Hatton, the namesake of the awards. Midnight Syndicate won Best CD for Carnival Arcane.
Multi-Rondo winner Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog magazine, was voted Writer of the Year, Mark Maddox was named Artist of the Year, DVD Drive-In’s George Reis was DVD Reviewer of the Year and Roger Koch was voted Fan Artist of the Year. A new award named in honor of the late Hollywood creature-builder Henry Alvarez was awarded to sculptor Mike Hill.
Elvira, the iconic temptress of the night, was voted Favorite Horror Host. And Peter Kollarik, a Hungarian devotee of animator Ray Harryhausen, was named Rondo’s first International Fan of the Year.
Finally, based on suggestions from Rondo voters, the following Monster Kid Hall of Fame inductees were named: Michael Stein, editor of Filmfax; Mark Frank, creator of the influential Photon fanzine; early fan and actor George Stover; horror scholar David J. Skal; actress Julie Adams from Creature from the Black Lagoon and New Orleans horror host Morgus the Magnificent.
Many of the Rondo winners will receive Rondo busts at the Wonderfest convention in Louisville in May.. Further information, including runners-up and all the nominees, can be found at rondoaward.com